So let me give you the breakdown of what happened in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Walter and I took a shuttle from our Hostel on Friday morning and arrived at the start of the trail around noonish. We hiked the upper trail for a good long while until we finally ended up at a hostel called the "Tea Horse Guest House." The Tea Horse was really good. The food was great and the family that runs it was super duper friendly. The view from the window of our room was also stunning.
The next morning we loaded up again and headed all the way to the end of the gorge. We ended up at Sean's Guest House, recommended to us by friends who hiked the gorge last year. We stayed with Sean for Chinese New Year, but something was kind of. . .off about the atmosphere there. Maybe it was just because it was the off season, but Sean did not seem to be the exuberant and jovial fellow described by both our friends and numerous testimonials we saw at a few hostels along the way. But we had dinner with Sean and his daughters. Conspicuously absent on this family-conscious day in Chinese culture was any sort of wife. Perhaps that had something do do with the mood. We didn't ask.
After all that, we spent the next day hiking the lower gorge and ditched some bags at Tina's, making our shuttle reservations to get back to Lijiang today. The next day we hiked back up the Tea Horse and spent the next couple of days derping around on the trail and taking pictures. Walter took nearly 300 photos, so it's going to take me some time to sort through them and get some good ones to post on here. Probably won't do it tonight. Might be a pretty long time. Whatever. Tomorrow we're off to Panzhihua to visit our friend Ken, a Chinese engineer we met in the gorge. After that, we're going to try to get to the Great Buddha in LeShan.
Until next time,